Today's Features

  • It is never easy to say goodbye to an old friend, and this time it is a very old friend. That huge, beloved Ponderosa Pine tree next to the road and just down from our yard died this spring.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Froodle” by Antoinette Portis. Free and open to the public.

    • Annual round-up/sign-up event for recruiting local Cub Scout members for Pack 60 of the Las Vegas Cub Scouts takes place starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Rough Rider Cafeteria on the Luna Community College campus.

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • An account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank to help with the medical treatment expenses for Joel Baca. He has been receiving medical treatment in Denver at the University of Colorado Hospital and is battling several medical problems. The donation account is under Joel Baca at Wells Fargo bank.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    In honor of Smokey Bear’s 70th anniversary as official “spokesbear” for wildfire prevention across the United States, the New Mexico State Fair has invited him to be the Grand Marshall for this year’s parade.

    Dan Mourning, EXPO New Mexico’s general manager, announced that Smokey and his friends from the New Mexico State Forestry Division have said yes.



    3 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Farmers Market, Southwest Capital Bank parking lot
    7:30 p.m. — Mora Community Theatre production of “Little Red and the Riding Hoods,” by Jen McVetty, Mora Gym

    5 p.m. — Mora middle school volleyball vs. West Las Vegas, home
    TBA — Mora cross country at Taos
    7:30 p.m. — Mora Community Theatre production of “Little Red and the Riding Hoods,” by Jen McVetty, Mora Gym


  • “It is like trying to find a needle in a haystack” now has a new meaning for me.

    Son John is cutting almost waist-high hay in a 10-acre patch, a field just below my house. Suddenly he has a job for me.

    He has lost a cutting knife of the mower, and it has to be found before it punctures a tractor tire. All I need to find it is a magnet and possibly a pitchfork.

  • Mora residents are up for a special treat this weekend. The Mora Community Theatre group will present “Little Red and the Riding Hoods” for three shows starting tonight (Friday).

    The show contains Mora area residents of all ages. The production is a spin on the classic story; just think wilder.

    The show is under the direction of Connie Krusemark and Sandi Robles. Peggy Meeks is serving as stage manager.